New Scholar awards provide support for newly independent investigators beginning in the first 3 years after their postdoctoral training, when they are establishing their own labs and their careers are at a vulnerable stage. These awards contribute to a safety net that allows bright young scientists to staff their laboratories, collect preliminary data, and organize research programs of sufficient momentum to obtain ongoing support from other sources. New Scholar awards provide funding up to $100,000 per year for a four year period.
New Scholar candidates are investigators who are nominated by U.S. medical institutions and universities for their outstanding promise in aging research. Invited institutions may nominate two candidates. Prospective candidates are encouraged to consult this website for more information about the goals and objectives of the Aging Program and eligibility requirements under Application Procedures. Depending upon the number of nominations submitted and the qualifications of the nominees, up to 25 scholars will be selected.
New Scholar applications are solicited by invitation only. Invitations for nomination of New Scholar candidates are sent to eligible institutions annually in the fall. (For invited institutions: Please notify The Ellison Medical Foundation if your institution has a new president or head of sponsored research so that the initial letter of invitation will be received by the appropriate individual.) Institutions not currently invited may contact Dr. Kevin Lee to discuss an application for inclusion in the program.